Do Bichons Shed? An Owner’s Perspective

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Written By Thomas Smith

If you’re considering adding a fluffy companion to your family and wondering about the Bichon Frise and its shedding habits, you’re in the right place.

As an owner of a charming Bichon Frise (Lance), I’m here to shed (sorry) some light on the common question: Do Bichons shed?

The short answer is that yes, technically, Bichon Frises shed. But their unique coat means that their shed hair is contained within their undercoat, so Bichons won’t leave dog hair around your house.

Let’s dive into the world of Bichons and their coats to give you a clearer picture.

The Myth of Non-Shedding Dogs

Many people are drawn to Bichons because they’ve heard they are hypoallergenic or don’t shed. It’s crucial to clarify that all dogs shed to some degree.

The idea of a completely non-shedding dog is a myth. However, some breeds, like the Bichon Frise, shed significantly less than others, making them a great option for those with allergies or who prefer less fur around the house.

I almost never find Bichon fur around my house. And I grew up with a cat, so I know all about pet hair!

Bichons and Shedding

So, do Bichons shed? The answer is yes, but very minimally. Bichons have a double coat, consisting of a soft, dense undercoat and a coarser, curly outer coat.

This unique coat type traps shed hair within the undercoat, which means less hair ends up on your clothes, furniture, and floors. However, it also means that Bichons require regular grooming to prevent mats and tangles, as the trapped hair needs to be removed.

Lance barely sheds

Grooming is Key

Regular grooming is essential for a Bichon Frise. Daily brushing helps to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Professional grooming every 4 to 6 weeks is also recommended to keep their coat in top condition. I get Lance groomed every 6 weeks.

During grooming sessions, the trapped hair is brushed out, which significantly reduces the amount of hair that ends up around your home.

My Experience

As a Bichon owner, I can attest to the fact that my home is not covered in dog hair, a common concern for potential dog owners. However, the commitment to grooming is something to seriously consider. I’ve found that establishing a regular grooming routine is crucial for maintaining my Bichon’s coat and overall health.


In conclusion, Bichons do shed, but their unique coat means that shedding is minimal compared to other breeds. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog or one that doesn’t leave much hair around the house, a Bichon Frise might be the perfect choice. However, be prepared for the grooming commitment required to keep their coat healthy and mat-free.

Owning a Bichon has been a delightful experience for me, thanks to their loving nature and manageable shedding. If you’re ready for the grooming responsibilities, a Bichon Frise could be a wonderful addition to your family.

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